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Green focus gets attention for local macadamias

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Forward Drinking has partnered with Macadamias Australia to produce the macadamia liqueur, which has proven quite popular as the first batch sold out within two months from its release date.

Macadamias Australia’s recent carbon-negative accreditation and environmental focus has drawn the attention of a profit-for-purpose organisation now showcasing Bundaberg Region produce in an innovative way.

The Bundaberg-grown macadamia nuts have become the hero ingredient in a new vegan cream-based liqueur.

Forward Drinking has partnered with Macadamias Australia to produce the macadamia liqueur, which has proven popular as the first batch sold out within two months from its release date.

Macadamias Australia sales coordinator, and third-generation family member, Jason Steinhardt said the locally-grown nut was so versatile and they were excited to supply not only Forward Drinking but also the world with the amazing product.

“Our macadamias make their way through Australia and all over the world as more and more countries and cultures discover their fine taste, quality and health benefits,” Jason said.

“Because they’re so versatile, it’s always a joy to see how our bulk and export customers end up using them.

“We supply the booming new nut milk market, chocolate and baking industries, major food processors and everything in-between.

“We were very impressed to see something as unique as a macadamia liqueur from Forward Drinking come to life.”

Jason said Macadamias Australia had recently been accredited as a carbon-negative farm and processing facility, which gave both clients and the end user that extra bit of faith in what they were investing in.

Forward Drinking’s Luke Date said the idea to create an Australian, dairy-free version of an Irish whiskey and cream liqueur began as a dinner table conversation.

“In late 2020, after countless experiments with different plant-based milks, we started to think there was a genuine possibility we could bring this dinner conversation liquid to life.

“Macadamias were a key part of our testing and naturally stood out thanks to their incredibly smooth texture and creamy colour.

“The resulting liquid they produced was no different. The Macadamia provided a beautiful, rich base for this liqueur – and with the addition of nutty, chocolatey roasted wattle-seed, it found its final form.”

Forward Drinking is a profit-for-purpose spirit producer committed to encouraging forward thinking attitudes through products that inspire conversation.

Luke said Forward Drinking prioritised a strong focus on their ingredient procurement and partnering with Macadamias Australia was the right fit.

“We undergo rigorous sourcing from organisations who are positively impacting society, the environment and share similar values to Forward Drinking,” he said.

“We decided to source our macadamia nuts through Macadamias Australia due to their carbon-positive status, implementation of multiple best practises including an active Indigenous bee program designed to support native biodiversity and reef protection program.

“They also produce delicious nuts!”

Jason said they answered questions from Forward Drinking during the procurement process “about our farming practices, the land and culture with keeping in mind our respect for the local Goreng Goreng and other local Indigenous communities”.

“There is a definite trend occurring with suppliers looking for sustainably sourced ingredients.”

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